If you're looking for a high-powered ride around Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, NY, or an unforgettable out-of-town venture, then you need the right ride to take you there. Ford and Subaru are known for crafted rides that are built for adventure, but which one has the right SUV for your specific needs?

Our team at Friendly Ford of Hamilton wants to help you answer that question with this Ford Explorer vs. Subaru Ascent comparison.

Explorer vs Ascent: Engine Specs

If you're looking for a bold SUV built to take you far and wide, then you need a well-crafted engine to power you through all your excursions. To suit a wide range of drive preferences, the Ford Explorer offers the following engine options:

Engine Option


Torque (lb-ft)

2.3-liter EcoBoost® turbocharged I-4



3.0-liter EcoBoost® twin-turbocharged V6



3.3-liter hybrid V6



The Subaru Ascent, on the other hand, only has one motor available to you. And, with 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, this powertrain doesn't even measure up to the baseline performance of the Explorer.

The Explorer also offers a hybrid engine which earns an EPA-estimated 27 city/29 highway MPG. The gas engine in the Ascent is highly efficient, however, at an EPA-estimated 21 city/27 highway MPG, you'll be making more gas station stops in this SUV.

Interior Dimensions of the Ford Explorer and Subaru Ascent

With three rows of seating, the Ford Explorer and Subaru Ascent have space for all your roadtrip buddies as well as their gear. You and your friends may enjoy stretching out in the Explorer more, though, since it offers extra leg space overall:

Ford Explorer

Front Legroom: 43 inches

Second Row Legroom: 39 inches

Third Row Legroom: 32.2 inches

Subaru Ascent

Front Legroom: 42.2 inches

Second Row Legroom: 38.6 inches

Third Row Legroom: 31.7 inches

The Explorer also provides more headroom to third row riders with 38.9 inches, while the Ascent only has 36.3 inches of headroom to offer.

Explorer vs Ascent: Advanced Safety

To ensure every journey is as enjoyable as possible, the Explorer and Ascent comes standard with a Lane-Keeping System and Automatic Emergency Braking. The latter feature works by warning when you're too close to a frontal object and applies the brakes if needed to avoid impact.

The Ford Explorer also offers BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, and Auto High-Beam Headlamps on the baseline model. This system helps you change lanes with confidence by alerting you to vehicles traveling in your blind spot. If you want to make this technology available in the Subaru Ascent, though, you'll need to upgrade to a higher trim level.

Ford Explorer vs Subaru Ascent: Which SUV Is Right for You?  

Either of these SUVs can bring you on your next adventure, but if you want a more high-powered ride with bold efficiency, extra leg space, and advanced safety features, then the Ford Explorer is the right option for you.

Learn more about this vehicle at Friendly Ford of Hamilton. Our Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, New York, friends can contact us today to schedule a test drive.

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